Once I got it to where it in the previous one, I started adding and subtracting paint. I like this one the best so far. I like the feeling of form that I am getting. I am not sure if the lines are adding anything.
Monday I started another new drawing. It began as a study, working stuff out for a possible painting.
I needed some lichen as reference so I brought in the branches on the table. It wasn't until Tuesday that I noticed there were creatures living on the twigs. I think they had been hiding. Poor things, I disturbed their home.
A photo that I was also using as a reference. Fascinating stuff to look at closely. Apparently they don't put roots into the tree. The fungus lives symbiotically, not as a parasite.
I wonder if that will have some kind of symbolism in the new series.
Here is the beginning of the drawing. I came to realize that I want to do it in pen rather than pencil. I think it is now going to go on to be a finished piece rather than a working-it-out drawing.
Wednesday I decided to try the experiments that my mentor had suggested to me. I had already gessoed about ten matt boards in preparation. The boards are relatively small as these are to be quick studies of 20-30 minutes trying different approaches.
As I set out my paints to begin I was beset by self-doubt. "I don't know what I am doing..." and I could feel the anxiety in my gut. But then it occurred to me that I am not supposed to know what I am doing because today I am experimenting! What a relief!
I have begun the first experiment. I am using a gel medium, the medium I decided on when I did my earlier experimentation.
I applied the paint drawing directly around the volume, hoping the brush strokes would help to express the form. It doesn't matter that it looks a mess, I am only evaluating enough so that I have an idea what to try next.On the third go, I went with line again, but this time I drew the tree with a "color shaper" after I applied down the paint. I like this better than the pen.
I put that one aside, I stopped for a snack and then began the second one.
I was going to just put the paint down in vertical brushstrokes and then manipulate it. I had to draw the tree in ink first so that I wouldn't lose the drawing. But after applying the paint over the very basic ink drawing, I am intrigued.
I then removed some of the paint with a rag to indicate light behind the tree. That made it a bit more compelling. And I decide that I will save this version as it may lead somewhere interesting, or onto other experiments.
But I don't need to form too many opinions at this point. The main focus now is just to see where the experiments take me. I want to do many more. As I try things, more ideas come and then I will try those ideas. This way I may end up with ten or even twenty experiments and I can get more of an idea of the direction I want to go in.
This was a lot of fun. I look forward to doing more next week.